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Talulla's

4.7
674 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish
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  • Good for a Date
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When you walk through the shadowed glass doors of Talulla's, an instant transformation begins to occur. Your mind and body begin to relax. Your ears pick up on the eclectic mix of music. Your eyes wonder around the walls, decorated in Turkish rugs; then the ceilings, scattered with warm, unique lighting pieces; then the floors... the dark, hardwood floors; and finally, across the plush seating areas, disguised by cushions and pillows and fabric leisurely draped around the frames.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Turkish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 933-1177
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aligül Sevil
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Roberson Street
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Parking details
Talulla’s offers complimentary valet parking.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 674 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great, informed, engaging service and terrific food. Turkish wine terrific as well.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We've been several times over the last few years, and the food has always been both authentic and delicious. Smooth and friendly service as well. My wife is of middle eastern descent, and we love middle eastern food when we can find it done well. Talulla does it well, and we'll be back.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Super quick service & quality food.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I had a fabulous lamb shank, braised for 4 hours and served on an eggplant/bechamel sauce. My husband had a similar dish with beef. Both were exceptionally tasty. Our friends had a vegetarian dish topped with shrimp -- also excellent. The most wonderful treat was the appetizer - Acili Ezme served with pide bread. The service was excellent, the atmosphere delightful, the price was right and the food was so tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great place for family and friends to get together! Food is always great and the service is wonderful. Always makes you feel welcome.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We ordered a wide range of food, and everything was absolutely delicious! Waiter (who was from Istanbul) was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food. Prompt and attentive service. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely delicious and fresh food! Waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. Will
Continue to go back

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Horrible Service! Had to ask for check twice and finally after about 15 more minutes we were given the check. Menus just kind of thrown on table instead of given to us. Would not recommend this restaurant when there are just so many more to go to in Chapel Hill. Food was ok but was not what we ordered.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My wife and I ate here and shared four appetizers. The lentil soup was good but the lamb kofta, manti and salad were all very average. Will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was AMAZING. Huge variety from kebabs and beet to hummus and zucchini fritters. 3 of us spent under $65 - we didbtreat it not alike tapas and ordered a bunch of apps and an entree to share.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fantastic, simply fantastic.

The first thing we noticed was the beautiful rugs on the wall and the beautiful lighting. Friendly staff, and helpful with suggestions. The Karides Şiş shrimp were the best shrimp we'd ever tasted! The pizza-like bread with lamb will ruin you for regular pizza and the smoked eggplant was amazing.

Don't forget a Turkish soda, Turkish coffee, or dessert. We really enjoyed the Crème Chocolate but the Kazan Dibi is a flan-like dessert that was the best I'd ever tasted of that sort. The burnt caramel taste is just layer upon layer of deep, rich flavor that never turns even a hint bitter.

The only downside is that this restaurant isn't in my hometown!

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I had not been in a while and was so looking forward to this visit. Unfortunately it was disappointing in many respects. SERVICE: Upon being seated at our table we were quickly visited by our server. She seemed moody and in an annoying rush. Not too big a deal but it did impact what we hoped to be a relaxing meal. FOOD: Shrimp appetizer ordered was as bland as bland can be. I asked server for salt which I rarely do - she never brought it. We didn’t even bother to order entrees after such disappointment in our appetizers. AMBIANCE: tables are very close together and I honestly got so turned off while sitting at our table and constantly having to shift left and right to let “rear-ends” pass by heading to their seat.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Delicious food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Tables are a little too crowded to be intimate, but a wonderful place to go for a special meal or a date.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Ate here before heading to Playmakers Rep. Food was excellent, wine was excellent, and service was excellent. We weren't sure what we wanted, so our waiter picked all the appetizers and entrees. All were exceptional. We will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food in a nice atmosphere. Service was excellent. Tables are pretty close together, so a little loud. Parking right across the street if you get lucky or come early.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

friendly service, wonderful authentic interior, a valuable fixture of Chapel Hill, perfect cuisine

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great food, atmosphere, service. We love this restaurant and have eaten there steadily for ten years!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything we had was delicious! Even my teenagers were impressed. The appetizers and entrees were all so favorable and fresh tasting. The homemade bread came to the table warm with a wonderful dipping sauce. We asked for another loaf to dip with all our meals. We'll be back when we're in the area again.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Kathy and I stumbled into Talulla's a few years ago on Valentine's Day, and I say stumbled because, as usual, I made no reservations and everything else was booked. Talulla's let us sit at the bar and we had a meal we still talk about, and Saturday was just as good for our 4 1/2 year anniversary of dating. I do a lot of cooking, and for me a good meal is one I cannot figure out how to even start to reproduce at home, and for the second time, Talulla's did not disappoint. I had the lamb shank and Kathy had the moussaka. We also could not resist the baked hummus and stuffed grape leaves. Everything was as good as expected and we expected a lot. There are many great restaurants to choose from in Chapel Hill and we only get there occasionally, typically on our way to DPAC, but it will be difficult to try another if we are only there for one dinner. A real treasure as far as I am concerned.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful Turkish food! Really enjoyed ourselves, although the Saturday night crowd got a little noisy. Even with authentic Turkish carpets on the walls (very attractive), the acoustics are lively.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Superb and authentic Turkish food. Amazing flavors with a very broad menu. The specials are truly special. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new or who enjoys Mediterranean type food.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Kinda busy that night. Took awhile to get out drink orders taken.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Love this place, its not a vegetarian place but there are lots of good options. Great cozy atmosphere and terrific service

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Talulla's is a long time favorite. The food is authentic, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the service is friendly and competent. But as much as I've enjoyed it in the past, the food itself has taken a step up. It clearly was prepared with care. The salad was fresh and nuanced. My wife's kebab's were seasoned and grilled to perfection. The lamb shank was just right and fell off the bone. Our friends had fried anchovies as a main course, and they were light and crunchy and mild. In other words, just right.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent meal with excellent service. They REALLY know how to cook fish!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and smiling service as usual

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The kebabs were great, as was the bread. The Kafta kebab was especially good. The zucchini Mucver was underwhelming though, so other appetizers might be a better choice.

The place has a very cozy feel to it, but a table for two reservation will likely leave you right next to the toilet on a busy evening, which isn't that cozy.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

First experience with Turkish food. Triangle Restaurant Week was a perfect chance to try it and we really enjoyed ourselves! Very good service; waitress took the time to describe each item, reminded us about each course and the accompanying wine. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We like Middle Eastern cooking, and Talulla's is absolutely one of the best.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

It was my birthday and also triangle restaurant week, so we got a three course meal at such a great value!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

We experienced ery good service; good food and wine

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant with great food and service. One of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Good cocktails, nice wine, flavorful meal, charming waitress (cousin of the owner; her young son was a stitch, trying to help). The Turkish rugs on the walls were splendid.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The dipping sauce was wonderful. Bread was heavenly. The leg of lamb was the hit of the table. Didn’t even taste like lamb, falling off bone. Only thing different was the Turkish coffee...1/3 of tiny cup was grounds, although very good.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Loved the service and the ambiance. We had the private seating with the pillows and curtains. Very cool option!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

One of our favorite places for family occasions or when friends are visiting. We love Turkish cuisine and Tallula’s food is equal to anything we had in Turkey. The staff is friendly and attentive without hovering, and is helpful in explaining unfamiliar dishes.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We all agreed this was one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in a while!
We had such a good time. The food was fabulous - each and every dish. The service was exceptional. And the ambiance was so comfortable - Persian rugs on the wall and wooden
floors.

We would go back in a minute!

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

I was transported back to Sultan Ahmet District of Istanbul. Excellent, authentic Turkish cuisine, which is one of the world's best. Our guests, who had never had Turkish cooking, were so pleased!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our favorites -- inexpensive enough for everyday but also wonderful for special occasions. And our grandkids love it too!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and friendly service! The dining area does feel a little cramped, but it's still a nice, cozy place to have a good meal.

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